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Living In: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I have very little time to cook these days, but when I do, I like to get creative, healthy, local, when possible, and money-savvy. Lately, that has meant exploring new ways of cooking green leafy vegetables, and experimenting with home-grown herbs and spices, and spreads and tapenades. I mostly cook vegan/vegetarian.
My favorite things to cook
Vegetarian chili, Russian or German-style potatoes, eastern european desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Most definitely desserts! Cookies, pastries, potica.
My cooking triumphs
Making a recipe for the first time and getting it right!
My cooking tragedies
Uggh! Let's not go there!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Great recipe. I prefer things a bit milder, so I halved all of the strong spices, and it still had enough of a kick for me. Other changes - used vegetarian "beef" instead of turkey, which worked out really nicely, especially if you are not into meat; added corn and 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes in lieu of black beans and second can of Campbell's tomato soup, respectively, as per advice of a previous reviewer. Also added cinnamon and pumpkin spice for a slightly sweet flavor, and as someone else suggested, used a towel to line the lid so the liquid doesn't drip into the chili and make it too liquidy. 4 hours on "high" was still not enough to get a lot of the liquid out, so I gave it closer to 5, and it was still somewhat soupy, but I actually liked it that way, so that was okay. Next time, I'll add 1 can of pumpkin puree as suggested by another recipe, to give it even more of a sweeter flavor - I really like when you can feel both the spicy and the sweet flavors equally strongly and sense the texture and taste of the chunky pieces of "meat," beans and corn in your mouth.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2014
Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry
Quick. Simple and delicious. That's all there is to it! I would make a bit more sauce next time because I like my stir fry coated thickly, but this was just the right amount to taste the flavor without seeing a lot of sauce on the stir fry. I recommend low sodium soy sauce and perhaps a bit less garlic powder, but otherwise this recipe is perfect!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2013
Carrot Pineapple Cake I
Well, my version didn't look anything like the picture above, but it turned out delicious! I followed directions exactly as written, except as others suggested, I subbed 1/2 cup apple sauce for 1 cup veggie oil. I also premixed all wet ingredients and then added them to the dry using a mixer instead of mixing with a wooden spoon - made things move along much faster. I've made this recipe twice, and each time it turned out perfectly, so I would say stick to the directions and you can't go wrong. PS Unlike others, I did not find that the amount of frosting recommended above was too little. In fact, I had extra frosting left over and might consider adding less powdered sugar next time (1-1.5 cups i/o 2) to make the frosting a bit less sweet, as the cake is already sweet enough.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2013
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